So what is the difference between virtualization and cloud computing, and why should you care. If you have virtualization, do you have cloud computing? If you have virtualization do you need cloud computing? How is the ROI for cloud computing different or better than the ROI for cloud computing? Does cloud computing help me compete with Amazon EC2? Does Cloud Computing help me virtualization business critical applications? How does cloud computing fit into VMware’s automated IT Operations vision? These important questions, and the answers to them will determine how Cloud Management does as a category in 2012 and beyond.
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In the APM Digest, Andi Mann VP of Strategic Solutions for CA, predicted that “in 3-5 years Virtual System Management vendors will no longer survive, as virtualization becomes a core part of the enterprise compute fabric. Three years later this trend has definitely started, and will accelerate in 2012 as IT turns instead to hybrid IT management, recognizing that silos of standalone virtualization management is a costly and inefficient burden. Maybe 2012 is not the end of Virtualization Management, but it is going to be the start of the demise“.
With VMworld 2011 around the corner whose booth’s should you visit? Well if you are an enterprise who is contemplating or planning to put in a Private Cloud (also known as IT as a Service) then selecting the right management tool with which to build and manage your Private Cloud should be at or near the top of your mind. VMware clearly agrees as they have announced and delivered vCloud Director specifically to meet this need, and have also made significant enhancements to the vSphere 5 product line in order to position vSphere 5 as a “Private Cloud Suite”. So after you go see vCloud Director, what else should you go see?
So you are a loyal VMware customer. You have licenses for vSphere 4 and you are about 40% virtualized. Based upon the revised vRAM entitlements in the revised vSphere 5 licensing, you think you are going to be OK as you progress through the more demanding business critical purchased and custom developed applications that lie in front of you.